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"At last, a how-to class by someone who actually knows how to."
-Dave Boone, WGA Award Nominated Writer


"I can't tell you how valuable it is to have someone like Joe guide me and believe in me.  It's exactly what I was looking for."
-Elvis Winterbottom, Comedian

"Joe's class changed everything.  I went from being nervous and unsure if I could even do stand up, to booking shows all around town and performing with confidence.  It's rare to get to study under someone who has it so engrained in them you can't help but absorb their knowledge and enthusiasm and do so in such a fun and supportive environment."
– Chris Wievl, Comedian

"Joe's stand up comedy class is intense.  His experience and insight helps you grow as a comedian.  He challenges students to explore their potential.  I would recommend his class to beginners and experienced comics that want to workout their writing skills and stage performance."
– Vince Royale, Comedian

"Joe's class blew me away. His approach and knowledge of the comedy business is awesome. I feel more inspired to write than I have in years. It's the best thing I've ever done for my career and my creative spirit!"   
- Jackie Maruschak, Comedian

"Joe's class is a necessity if you think you want to do stand-up.  He knows stand-up inside and out, and knows what he's talking about (just look at the guy's resume).  Joe pushed me past the "happy, ha-ha let's joke about cats" and got me to dive into deeper material and edit it into something actually funny.  He emphasizes the basics that separate the good comics from the not-so-good and sets up a perfect foundation for great joke writing.  He's very generous in working with material that you send him as well.  I've taken the class twice and may take it again."

- Peter Marr, Comedian

"Joe was EXACTLY what I needed as a new stand up comedian. Before Joe's class I would jump on stage only to BOMB, then I would go home and think about killing myself. At least now I don't BOMB anymore. Joe is a professional in the true sense of the word.  I was able to go through my vast amounts of material with him and cut down the excess fat that was standing in the way of the "true funny".  Even if you don't have any material Joe will help you find it. All I can say is...thanks Joe!" 

- David Vaughn, Comedian

"Joe's class helped me develop an original comedic voice and avoid the usual pitfalls of a rookie comic. And the class includes a showcase at the Improv - which is one big boatload of gravy."

- Ian Jasper, Comedian

 

"Joe's class rules!  He gave me invaluable advice on my routine that translated into big laughs on stage.  With Joe you get the feedback of a writing partner and the professional advice of a manager.  I would strongly recommend his classes to anybody who is interested in stand up or comedy writing, no matter what stage in your career.  Don't waste your time with others -- Joe is the man!!!" – Isaac Gonzalez, Comedian


"Joe's a talented stand-up teacher with a genuine desire to help comedians grow."

-Marc Campbell, Owner, The Westside Eclectic

L.A. Stand Up Comedy Open Mics

Updated: 10/16/13


A few good resources to find stand up comedy stage time are:

http://openmikes.org.

http://badslava.com/los-angeles-open-mics.php

http://www.thecomedybureau.com/los-angeles-openmicmap

In addition here is a list of stand up comedy open mics in Los Angeles.


MONDAY

HAHA CAFÉ COMEDY CLUB
5010 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91610
(818) 508-4995
Sign up: 5:00 pm
Show: 6:00 pm
Cost: $5

COMEDY STORE
8433 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 656-6225
Sign up: 6-6:30 pm
Show: 7:00 pm

KULTURAS BOOKS (2ND Monday)
1700 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 450-8707
Sign up: 6:00 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
Notes: Music & comedy open mic

CAFÉ MUSE
6547 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 464-6873
Sign up: 7:00 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
Notes: Comedy & poetry

RAINBOW BAR AND GRILL
9015 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90189
(310) 278-4232
Sign up: 8:00 pm
Show: 8:30 pm
Cost: $2
Notes: Comedy & music open mic

SKINNY'S LOUNGE
4923 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 763-6581
Sign up: 8:00 pm
Show: 8:15 pm
Notes: Mostly booked show. Drawing for 2 open mic spots

GROUND ZERO COFFEE HOUSE
615 Child's Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 821-1484
Sign up: 9:00 pm (USC students)
Sign up: 9:20 pm (general public)
Show: 9:30 pm
Notes: Music, comedy & poetry open mic

LIQUID ZOO
7214 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91405
(818) 997-3818
Sign up: 9:00 pm
Show: 10:00 pm

HOLLYWOOD BILLIARDS SPORTSBAR & GRILL
5750 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-0115
Sign up: 7:30 pm
Show: After booked show (approx. 10 pm)
Notes: Booked show at 8:30 pm, open mic follows

TUESDAY

Broadway Ale House
129 Broadway
Santa Monica CA 90401
Tuesday 7pm-9pm
Roaming Open Mic in Bar (no stage); First Come, First Served;
No purchase necessary
Contact info:
Paul Eisman
310-846-8732

HOLLYWOOD IMPROV
8162 Melrose Ave
Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 651-2583
Sign up: 4:30 pm
Show: 5:00 pm

HAHA CAFÉ COMEDY CLUB
5010 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91610
(818) 508-4995
Sign up: 5:00 pm
Show: 6:00 pm
Cost: $5

LAUGH FACTORY
8001 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 656-1336
Sign up: 5:00 pm (get there early)
Show: 6:00 pm

KERCKHOFF COFFEE SHOP - UCLA
Kerckhoff Hall, 2nd Floor
UCLA Campus
(310) 206-0729
Sign up: 6:30 pm
Show: 7:00 pm

AMSTERDAM CAFÉ
10905 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 506-1938
Sign up: 6:30 pm
Show: 7:00 pm
Notes: Music, comedy & poetry open mic

BLISS CAFÉ
1249 Vine St
Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 962-2986
Sign up: 6:00 pm
Show: 7:30 pm

WESTWOOD BREWCO
1097 Glendon Ave
Westwood, CA 90024
(310) 209-2739
Sign up: 8:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm

THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE
2029 North Lake
Altadena, CA 91001
(626) 398-7917
Sign up: bohemianjoe@gmail.com, or call (626) 831-8285
Show: 8:00 pm

LA PIZZA
16904 Devonshire St
Granada Hills, CA 91344
(818) 366-6888
Sign up: Register at socalstandup.com
Show: 8:00 pm

HALLENBECK’S
5510 Cahuenga Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 985-5916
Sign up: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
Cost: $7 includes food and drink
Notes: Music & comedy

FENDER AVENUE BAR AND GRILL
2466 Fender Ave
Fullerton, CA 92831
(714) 441-0777
Sign up: Booked open mic. Meet host for a spot
Show: 8:30 pm

MICHAEL’S PUB
11506 Oxnard St
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 980-9762
Sign up: 9:00 pm
Show: 10:00 pm

EL CID’S OPEN MIC (2nd & 4th Tuesday)
4212 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 668-0318
Sign up: 7:30 pm
Show: 8:30 pm
Notes: Music, poetry & comedy open mic
Cost: $5

E STREET CAFE
128 W E St
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 230-2038
Show: 7:30 pm
Notes: Mixed open mic

CANOGA PARK BOWL
20122 Vanowen St
Canoga Park, CA 91306
(818) 340-5140
Show: 8:00 pm
Notes: Booked open mic. Email host on Friday for spot
(bookings @comicdante.com)

WEDNESDAY

HAHA CAFÉ COMEDY CLUB
5010 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91610
(818) 508-4995
Sign up: 5:00 pm
Show: 6:00 pm
Cost: $5

ICE HOUSE ANNEX
Uncle Clyde’s Comedy Contest Auditions
24 N Mentor Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 449-6542
Sign up: 6:30 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
Notes: Blackout dates apply. Check website first.

BLISS CAFÉ
1249 Vine St
Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 962-2986
Sign up: 6:30 pm

THE SPOT CAFE
4455 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 482-3490
Sign up: 7:00 pm
Show: 7:00 pm
Notes: Sign up is a lottery

TSUNAMI COFFEE HOUSE
4019 W Sunset Blvd
Silver Lake, CA 90029
(323) 661-7771
Sign up: 7:00 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
Cost: $3 (incl. drink)

THE PANINI GARDEN CAFÉ
2715 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 399-9939
Sign-up: 8:30 pm
Show: 9:00 pm

THE OTHER PLACE
821 E Thousand Oaks Blvd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(805) 497-4469
Sign up: 7:30 pm
Show: 8:00 pm

PIG & WHISTLE BAR
6714 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 463-0000
Sign up: 7:30 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
Notes: Comedy & music

M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850
Sign up: 7:00 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
Notes: Lottery with about 15 names being drawn

DANNY'S VENICE
23 Windward Ave
Venice, CA 90291
310-566-5610
Sign up: 8:00 pm

THURSDAY

HAHA CAFÉ COMEDY CLUB
5010 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91610
(818) 508-4995
Sign up: 5:00 pm
Show: 6:00 pm
Cost: $5

THE JOKE GYM (1st & 3rd Thursdays)
Zapata Vive Mexican Restaurant
101 S. First Ave. (at Alta)
Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 254-9111
Sign up: 6:30 pm
Show: 7:00 pm
Notes: Website for details is thejokegym.com

COFFEE BEAN
16101 Ventura Blvd, Ste 180
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 386-0935
Sign up: 7:00 pm
Show: 7:30 pm

GYPSY DEN
125 N Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 835-8840
Sign up: 6:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
Notes: Music, Comedy, Poetry

THE FUNNY LOUNGE
465 W 7th St
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 833-3388
Sign up: 7:30 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
Notes: Comedy, music & poetry. Owner scouting for paid
spot on weekend shows

THE COMIC BUG (3rd Thursday)
1807½ Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 372-6784
Sign up: 8:00 pm
Show: 8:15 pm
Notes: Free beer (21+). Free comics for first 10 people.

UNURBAN COFFEEHOUSE
3301 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 315-0056
Sign up: 9:30 pm, drawing
Show: 9:30 pm

LUCKY STRIKE LANES & LOUNGE
The Block of Orange Mall
20 City Blvd West
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 937-5263
Sign up: ???
Show: 8:30 pm
Notes: Open mic at 8:30 pm, main show at 9 pm

FRIDAY

THE SUNSET GRILL
7439 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 851-5557
Show: 6:00 pm

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE THEATRE (last Friday)
5919 Franklin Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 908-8702
Sign up: 6:00 pm
Show: 6:30 pm

LULU'S BEEHIVE
13203 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 986-2233
Sign up: Email Jason at californiacomedy@gmail.com the
Tuesday before
Show: 6:30 pm

SILVERLAKE LOUNGE
2906 Sunset Blvd
Silver Lake, CA 90026
(323) 663-9636
Sign up: 6:00 pm
Show: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
free show
21+

AMSTERDAM CAFÉ
10905 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 506-1938
Sign up: 7:30 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
Notes: Music, comedy & poetry open mic

COFFEE HAVEN
1708 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 437-3785
Sign up: call 7 am and on to get on list
Show: 8:00 pm
Cost: $3

SATURDAY

ICE HOUSE ANNEX (1st Saturday)
24 N Mentor Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 449-6542
Show: 3:00 pm
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Notes: Auditions for “All-Star Variety Night”

THE SUNSET GRILL
7439 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 851-5557
Show: 6:00 pm

THE MONTHLY INTERVENTION (2nd & 4th Saturday)
Loyal Order of Moose Lodge
1901 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 842-5851
Sign up: 7:00 pm
Show: 7:30 pm

SUNDAY

COMEDY STORE
8433 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 656-6225
Sign up: 6:00-6:30 pm
Show: 7:00 pm

THE PALMS BAR
8572 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 652-6188
Sign up: 6:30 pm
Show: 7:00 pm

THE SUNSET GRILL
7439 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 851-5557
Show: 7:30 pm

iO WEST ANDY DICK THEATRE
6366 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 962-7560
Sign up: 9:45 pm
Show: 10:00 pm